Volleyball Returns to Action in Nation's Capital

The Penn volleyball team returns to action Friday in Washington, D.C. at the American Volleyball Tournament. The Quakers open the tournament with a doubleheader against Lafayette and Army at Bender Arena on the campus of American University.

The Quakers opened their season with an 0-3 weekend at the Seton Hall Tournament. After falling to the host Pirates in the opener Friday, Penn came up short against Fairfield and Stony Brook in a Saturday doubleheader to wrap up the tournament.

Despite the losses, senior Laura Black impressed with 42 kills and 60 digs over the weekend, earning her all-tournament honors. She was also named to the Ivy League Honor Roll this week.

Head Coach Kerry Carr took many positives out of the opening weekend, and expects there to be different results in Washington.

“I was very encouraged by our debut last weekend through the different lineups and systems we used,” said Carr. “We were in every game, and with a little more experience I expect the outcome to be different this weekend. The team has settled down into the new systems we are using, and I expect better offensive results along with more consistent defense.”

The American Volleyball Tournament features teams from the Ivy and Patriot Leagues competing in an early-season matchup for conference pride. That fact is not lost on Coach Carr.

“We are excited to go into this showdown to show our competitiveness as a conference,” she said. The tournament will feature fellow Ivy Leaguers Columbia, Cornell and Harvard.

The Quakers will face Lafayette at 11 a.m. Friday at Bender Arena, followed by a matchup against Army at 4:30 p.m. They will face Navy and a Patriot team to be determined in a doubleheader Saturday.